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sweet and spicy bacon wrapped chicken

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders in the Air Fryer

Bacon wrapped chicken tenders are packed with flavor and come out crispy and delicious in the air fryer.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, bacon, chicken, dinner, NuWave Oven
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 517 kcal
Author Jamie



  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.

  2. Mix together salt, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in a small bowl.

  3. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over chicken on all sides. Coat them generously in the spice mixture and press it down so it sticks well.

  4. Wrap two slices (one slice that was cut in half) of the bacon strips around each chicken tenderloin and tuck in the loose ends. You can use toothpicks if needed to keep the bacon in place.

  5. Mix together the brown sugar and chili powder in another small bowl.

  6. Sprinkle this mixture generously over the bacon wrapped chicken. Press the brown sugar mixture into the bacon on the chicken to pack it on. Put the mixture on all sides of the chicken.

  7. Place chicken in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Leave a little space between each tenderloin.

  8. Cook for 10 to 13 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F at it's thickest part. Smaller tenderloins may not need as long to cook. Just keep an eye on the food as each air fryer cooks a little bit differently.

  9. Serve hot for best results!

Recipe Notes

To make in the oven: cook at 350°F for 25-35 minutes. Best to use a pan with a wire rack that the chicken can sit on so the grease can drip down.

To make in the nuwave oven: cook for 8 to 10 minutes on each side. 

Adapted from Divas Can Cook

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders in the Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 517 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 864mg38%
Potassium 692mg20%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1596IU32%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. We are not nutritionist and this data was calculated via WP Recipe Maker to the best of our ability. Always check nutrition values yourself based on the ingredients you use.